Vamshi is the Lead Program Manager for Australia’s first post-COVID AI Ventures Incubator and a Project Management Office Lead at AI Consulting — AI Australia. He specialises in the formulation and delivery of strategic programs in venture capital, start-ups, and SMEs, and has proven himself by rising to impossible challenges time and time again. A natural-born leader, Vamshi has been closely involved with the leadership teams throughout AI Australia, working on business strategy and establishing project management practices. He has previously worked with executives across some of Australia’s leading accelerators and VCs, such as Blackbird Ventures Startmate and BlueChilli. An amateur skydiver that he claims to be, let’s have a candid chat with him!
1. Name one book that you’d highly recommend?
While I’m not an avid reader myself, a book that I read during my school and continue to refer to now is Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Recommended read at any time!
2. What technology do you think is out of this world?
Couple of technologies are out of this world but I’d love to see them become a norm soon: aerospace technology that colonises space and deep learning avatar tech. I’m already thinking of vacationing in space and WFH from other planets. Moreover, I’d love to have a Super Jarvis as my AI assistant avatar because I can be too lazy at times!
3. What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
Jumping off a plane 15k feet high. Yes, skydiving! And then scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef. Scary but my most exhilarating experience in a day!
4. What is your guilty pleasure?
Hoarding and overeating chocolates! And Moscato, any day!
5. If you could run any of the big tech firms (Amazon, Apple, Google etc.) which would you choose and why?
Apple. To dig deep into value creation through their differentiated competitive advantage. But given a chance, I would love to rotate across all top-5 tech firms from an international business strategy perspective.
6. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Fail fast but fail differently!
7. Wackiest business idea you’ve had?
Let’s talk!! We’ll discuss the ideas in my idea book, then you tell me what’s wacky. Hit me up on LinkedIn!
You can reach out to Vamshi here.